He who places his hope on thee, O Virgin all-glorious, will prosper in all he does.

Inscription on Byzantine coin during reign of Romanus III

Sunday, December 28, 2008

If I Were A Carpenter...

Tradition tells us that Jesus was a carpenter. This was probably His most visible submission to the laws of economics. I wonder about how Jesus went about His trade. For example:

Was He a sole practitioner?
Did He employ others, such as laborers or other carpenters?
Did He run a big carpentry operation?
Did He make a profit?
Did He furnish his services at cost?
Did He charge nothing for his services?
How did He deal with this competition, i.e., other carpenters vying to provide the same services?
Did He undercut the prices that his competition charged?
If He undercut his competition's prices, did He drive them out of business?

From my standpoint, the Incarnation gets to be a pretty complicated affair.

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